crawfish

Crawfish are freshwater crustaceans that look like small lobsters. A good place to find crawfish is the southeastern region of the United States — in fact, the crawfish is the official state crustacean of Louisiana!

Depending on where you are, you may hear crawfish referred to as "crayfish," "crawdads," "freshwater lobsters," or even "mudbugs." This last name comes from the crustacean's tendency to hang out in muddy freshwater streams, brooks, swamps, and ditches. The word crawfish comes from crayfish and its Old French source, escrevisse . If you order crawfish in restaurant, be prepared to crack them open and peel them like shrimp.

Definitions of crawfish
  1. noun
    small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
    synonyms: crawdad, crawdaddy, crayfish
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    types:
    Old World crayfish, ecrevisse
    small crayfish of Europe and Asia and western North America
    American crayfish
    common large crayfishes of eastern North America
    type of:
    decapod, decapod crustacean
    crustaceans characteristically having five pairs of locomotor appendages each joined to a segment of the thorax
  2. noun
    tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly
    synonyms: crawdad, crayfish, ecrevisse
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    type of:
    shellfish
    meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)
  3. noun
    large edible marine crustacean having a spiny carapace but lacking the large pincers of true lobsters
    synonyms: crayfish, langouste, rock lobster, sea crawfish, spiny lobster
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    type of:
    lobster
    any of several edible marine crustaceans of the families Homaridae and Nephropsidae and Palinuridae
  4. verb
    make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
    “We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him”
    synonyms: back away, back out, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw
    draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw
    pull back or move away or backward
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